LGBT Leaders is a series of events to inspire LGBT students to explore their career options, and to feel comfortable being openly LGBT wherever they choose to work. Our annual conferences bring together students, politicians, business leaders and activists to discuss issues faced by the LGBT community in politics and in the workplace.
Over the last four years, we have heard from leaders such as Lord Browne, Evan Davis, Anthony Watson, as well as partners from law firms and professional services companies. Our political panels hosted MPs and MEPs from the UK’s largest parties, Lord Smith, the first ever openly gay MP to be elected to Parliament, and Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party.
This October, we are hosting our sixth conference with a focus on finance, consulting and law. This year’s LGBT Leaders: Professional Services event begins on Friday 18th October in Macquarie, where we will hear from parliamentarians and activists on their outlook for 2020 in LGBT rights. The event then continues for the entire day on Saturday 19th October, full of exciting panel discussions, workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities. This conference will prepare students for a challenging application period for graduate jobs and internships, and ensure they meet current leaders who can advise and support them as they enter the workplace.
As part of PinkNews Group’s growing portfolio of events, LGBT Leaders is proud to launch LGBT Leaders: STEM this year – a one-day conference on Saturday 9th November for those who are interested in pursuing careers in science and tech. Nearly a third of young LGBT people avoid careers in science due to fear of discrimination, and LGBT Leaders: STEM aims to provide students and fresh graduates with the role models, the guidance and the confidence that they need to succeed.
Venues for LGBT Leaders are fully wheelchair accessible, with step-free access between the ground floor and other floors where the conference will take place.